THE IMPORTANCE OF BUSINESS TRAVEL FOR INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS – MAKING SENSE OF NOMADIC WORKERS
This article uses research on business air travel to study the external linkages of clusters. Using a typology of travellers (from commuters, explorers, and nomads to visiting tradesmen and missionaries) we show how elements of the cluster have more complex external connections than proposed by most of the cluster research literature. Maintaining these linkages involves hyper-mobility of individuals. We explore the implications of such continued physical travel for understandings of the workplace, for work-life balance and for citizenship. We conclude by warning against any one-dimensional understanding of the relationships.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland., Email: [email protected] 2: Institute for International Integration Studies, The Sutherland Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland., Email: [email protected]
Publication date: 2009-09-01